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Cape Assist recently received a donation from the Avalon Lions Charity Foundation, totaling $6,000. The generous gift is especially helpful, as donations to nonprofits are down during the coronavirus pandemic.

The money will help fund community programs and services Cape Assist provides to those struggling with substance abuse, and will support the nonprofit's ongoing efforts to build healthy communities throughout Cape May County.

"We are so appreciative of this gift," said Executive Director Katie Faldetta. "It's tough to approach businesses and the community for donations during a time when so many people are struggling, but with organizations out there, like the Avalon Lions Club, we can continue our work with this population that's extremely vulnerable, especially now."

Even amid the pandemic, addiction continues to be the greatest danger to some parts of the population, but the circumstances from the outbreak can put their recovery at risk. Times of stress, uncertainty and anxiety can trigger many who are in recovery, leading to urges to use again as a coping mechanism.

"We know that our clients need support and, at this point, are more likely to die from a drug overdose than the coronavirus," according to Faldetta.

With "social distancing" guidelines in place, counselors with Cape Assist are trying to remain closer than ever to their clients to ensure they stay on the right track.

Through special accommodations, like phone sessions and video chatting, counselors are offering clients continued contact and support without office visits.

The money will help fund community programs and services Cape Assist provides to those struggling with substance abuse, and will support the nonprofit's ongoing efforts to build healthy communities throughout Cape May County.

"We are so appreciative of this gift," said Executive Director Katie Faldetta. "It's tough to approach businesses and the community for donations during a time when so many people are struggling, but with organizations out there, like the Avalon Lions Club, we can continue our work with this population that's extremely vulnerable, especially now."

Even amid the pandemic, addiction continues to be the greatest danger to some parts of the population, but the circumstances from the outbreak can put their recovery at risk. Times of stress, uncertainty and anxiety can trigger many who are in recovery, leading to urges to use again as a coping mechanism.

"We know that our clients need support and, at this point, are more likely to die from a drug overdose than the coronavirus," according to Faldetta.

With "social distancing" guidelines in place, counselors with Cape Assist are trying to remain closer than ever to their clients to ensure they stay on the right track.

Through special accommodations, like phone sessions and video chatting, counselors are offering clients continued contact and support without office visits.